Lakota Names New High School Principals

Lakota Names New High School Principals
Posted on 07/13/2020
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Yejide Mack, Lakota East principal and Ben Brown, Lakota West principalLakota Local Schools announced today that it has hired two new principals to lead Lakota’s two high schools this fall - Ben Brown at Lakota West and Yejide Mack at Lakota East.

Brown will be moving to Lakota West High School from Ridge Junior School, where he has served as principal for the past three years. Brown has spent the last 15 years as an administrator in Lakota, which includes principal positions at Adena, Independence and Union elementary schools. “I am excited to build on the positive culture at Lakota West where ideas, hard work and results are encouraged, nurtured and celebrated,” Brown said. 

Brown’s passion for creating an environment that supports student learning and builds community is clear. “It is always my goal to provide clarity and depth of understanding through clear, consistent communication while aligning to Lakota’s vision and mission,” Brown said. “We must be forward-thinking and position people and resources to create and innovate to improve the educational experience for our students.”

Brown has played an integral role in building the “Westside Pipeline,” an initiative that connects the Westside schools across grade bands to help build a sense of community. In addition to continuing the pipeline, Brown also plans to collaborate with Lakota East administration and teachers to further support the district’s “WE are Lakota” vision, which embraces unity through collaboration.

Mack will join the district as the new principal at Lakota East High School. She has been an assistant principal at Sycamore High School since 2014. Prior to her current position, Mack was a math teacher at Cincinnati Public Schools before becoming an assistant principal at Mt. Healthy Junior/Senior High School. 

After earning a masters degree in environmental engineering and pursuing a career in that field, Mack returned to school to get a masters and then a doctorate in education at the University of Cincinnati. “I chose a career where the work is to serve the students, staff and families in the community,” said Mack. “I want to help students and staff recognize all that they can do and make the Lakota East High School experience the best it can possibly be. It’s the most rewarding part of my job.”

Being research-minded, Mack makes data-driven decisions based on current research, outside sources and performance to further develop curriculum and instructional programs. Feedback from teachers, students and parents is also important to her. “It is always my goal to develop curriculum and activities that engage the entire educational community. I am devoted to focusing on culturally responsive practices and the diverse needs of our entire educational organization, which, in turn, increase individual student achievement and corporate growth

of our educational community,” said Mack.

“My most rewarding experiences as a school and district leader are those initiatives I lead that focus on respect, empowerment, diversity, inclusion and growth,” Mack continued. “As research has shown, most times the intangible and qualitative initiatives have a huge effect on student academic successes and produce the most student growth.” 

Both leaders will begin their new positions on Aug. 1. Brown will replace Elgin Card at Lakota West who will take on the role of senior director of diversity and inclusion for the district. Mack replaces Suzanna Davis who will work with Grant Us Hope’s Hope Squads, a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program. Stacey Cahill has been named principal at Ridge Junior School, where she has served as assistant principal for three years. All three moves are expected to be approved by the Lakota Board of Education at its July 20 meeting.